Amy Szarkowski is interested in exploring issues related to Quality of Life in children with hearing loss and their families, particularly social-emotional functioning. In her work, she also seeks to better understand the impact of hearing loss on the family system. Clinically, investigating the impact of hearing loss on cognitive and neuropsychological functions is of interest.


Amy Szarkowski received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Gallaudet University. As a doctoral student, she had the opportunity to work in Italy on a Fulbright scholarship and then completed an internship at the University of New Mexico School of the Medicine. After completing her PhD, Dr. Szarkowski taught psychology at a university in Japan for several years. Upon returning to the U.S., she completed her post-doctoral training and then a clinical fellowship with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Children’s Hospital Boston; following her training she was hired as a staff psychologist. Dr. Szarkowski also holds a M.S. in Administration & Supervision from Gallaudet University.

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  • Psychological Implications of Hearing Loss

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  1. Toe D, Paatsch L, Szarkowski A. Assessing Pragmatic Skills Using Checklists with Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Systematic Review. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2019 07 01; 24(3):189-200. View abstract
  2. Szarkowski A, Brice P. Positive Psychology in Research with the Deaf Community: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2018 04 01; 23(2):111-117. View abstract
  3. Szarkowski A, Brice PJ. Hearing Parents' Appraisals of Parenting a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Child: Application of a Positive Psychology Framework. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2016 Jul; 21(3):249-58. View abstract
  4. Szarkowski A, Mood D, Shield A, Wiley S, Yoshinaga-Itano C. A summary of current understanding regarding children with autism spectrum disorder who are deaf or hard of hearing. Semin Speech Lang. 2014 Nov; 35(4):241-59. View abstract
  5. Szarkowski A, Flynn S, Clark T. Dually diagnosed: a retrospective study of the process of diagnosing autism spectrum disorders in children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Semin Speech Lang. 2014 Nov; 35(4):301-8. View abstract